Doctoral Thesis Defence: Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel

Doctoral Thesis Defence: Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel

Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel is set to defend her PhD thesis ”Convergence. Materials Adaptation and Informatics in Architecture” at AHO on Friday 3rd  November 2017.

Trial lecture 11.00 Tools, Evidence, and Meaning of Material Adaptation. Three Case Studies.
Disputation 13.00 Disputation
Adaptive design is an architectural process by which available materials and local environments are adapted to changing design requirements. In traditional architecture, this process is effective but implicit and slow. Computer-aided architectural design (CAAD) lacks common and granular data models, intelligence capabilities and informatics tools that can assist, advance and accelerate it. This information, technology and process gap can be filled with an ontology (MatOnt) tailored for design.
The aim of MatOnt is to add a new process to turn CAAD into CAAAD, that is computer-aided adaptive architectural design. CAAAD’s strategic importance for sustainability-focused research and practice comes from enhanced ability to access advantageous new or alternative design pathways for targeted architectural development, and better customized, localized application and environmental impact. 
A particular role of this convergence-based biomimetic model and ontology-based informatics tool is to support experimentation. Nested Catenaries is a research-by-design project developed within this framework, which focuses on an adaptation of the convergent trait (catenary) to deliver a property combination that marks an innovation in unreinforced masonry shells.
Professor Birger Sevaldson, Institute of Design, AHO has been her supervisor.
Adjudication Committee
Professor David Leatherbarrow, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.
First Opponent
Professor Jonas Runberger, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. Second Opponent
Professor Mari Hvattum, Institute of Form, Theory and History, AHO.
Third Member and Coordinator
•          Date: 03.11.2017
•          Time: 11:00 - 16:00
•          Venue: AHO, Auditorium Sverre Fehn
•          Address: Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo
•          Contact: Advisor Reidun Høydal
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Date: 03. November, 2017
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Venue: AHO, Auditorium Sverre Fehn
Address: Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo

Contact: Rådgiver Reidun Høydal